Having been born into a Christian family, I learned about Noah’s story while still a child. This story stuck with me to date as I strive to lead a righteous life like Noah. However, though the Bible clearly states Noah died at 950 years, it is silent on what happened to him after his death. I am intrigued to know where Noah went because he is termed a man who walked with God. So, did Noah go to heaven?
The Bible does not clearly mention whether Noah went to heaven or not. However, following Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament, it is clear that those who follow the will of the father will inherit the Kingdom of God (heaven); Christians believe that Noah went to heaven as he is termed righteous and blameless before God and the people.
In this article, I will extensively discuss if Noah went to heaven and what the Bible says about this. Some of the questions I will tackle include; if Noah walked with God, does that mean he was blameless? What does it mean that Noah was a preacher of righteousness, and much more. Keep reading to get the questions to these answers and more.
Does the Bible mention that Noah went to heaven?
There is nowhere in the Bible explicitly indicating that Noah went to heaven. However, it provides some information that might guide us and shape our beliefs in determining whether Noah went to heaven. As mentioned above, Jesus is clear that those who follow the will of God will inherit the Kingdom of God. Genesis 6:9 says that Noah was righteous and walked with God. Therefore, there might be a possibility that Noah is in heaven, but theologians and scholars are not certain about this belief.
If Noah walked with God, does that mean he was blameless?
The book of Genesis clearly states that Noah walked with God and was a blameless man in his generation. Walking with God can easily translate to having an intimate relationship with someone. You will tend to align with their values and how they move so as not to provoke them. You would do all you have in your power to live in harmony with them. You will listen and care for them, as you would want to nurture those relations.
Therefore, Noah walking with God means God became his greatest desire. This means that he did what was right before the eyes of God and shun from sin. He, therefore, carried no blame under his name as he strived to live right by God.
What does it mean that Noah was a preacher of righteousness?
Noah being a preacher of righteousness, means that he preached righteousness to the people of his generation through his actions and submission to God. In today’s world, preachers are basically our pastors or teachers of the word. But Noah preached through his walk with God. He put God at the centre of his life and did fall astray despite living in a generation where everybody was corrupt. And through his “perfect” relationship with God, he was assigned to build the ark, which amplified his righteousness.
Why didn’t God just rapture Noah and his family to heaven after the flood?
There is no certain reason in the Bible why God didn’t just rapture Noah and his family to heaven. However, many bible readers have mixed views concerning this. A view that stands out is that God wanted to test Noah’s obedience. Assigning him to build the ark was not only a reward of righteousness but showed that Noah indeed trusted God and would do what he said without a word. Furthermore, the ark saved the other animals, who could have otherwise been destroyed if God had raptured Noah and his family to heaven.
Will we see Noah in heaven?
Following how Noah walked and served the Lord, scholars believe that we will see Noah in heaven. This is because not only did Noah find favor before the eyes of God, but also the book of Peter describes him as the preacher of righteousness (2nd Peter 2:5). The little account we have of Noah in the Bible points towards the fact that he will be in heaven and we will get to see him when we go there.
Do Christians believe that Noah went to heaven?
Christians believe that Noah went to heaven. This is because most Christians hold on to the fact that those who are good and blameless before the eyes of God will inherit the kingdom of God. During Noah’s days, he found favor before the Lord because of being righteous and blameless. He was the only person alongside his family who was saved from the floods that destroyed the earth.
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